Butter passing robot from R&M S01E09
Rick's Butter Robot. R&M S01E09

Perception, an emergent property common to us all, arises from a curious and susceptible configuration of particles in space-time. Whether by choice or by circumstance, you have had, have, and will continue to have perception.

Admittedly, this perspective comes from a perceptive being. But who else, if not a perceptive being, could offer an alternative view? To perceptive beings, the nature of perception appears to be an undeniable fact. Facts, in their essence, are devoid of any inherent emotional or subjective bias, they are objective truths like the boiling point of water at standard atmospheric pressure. However, the complexity emerges not from these facts but from our interpretations of them, which are deeply influenced by personal experiences, cultural contexts, ethical values, and societal norms. Consider a fact stemming from genetic research, such as the discovery of a gene associated with a particular disease. One person might view it as a hopeful step toward a cure, another might fear the stigma associated with genetic predisposition, and yet another might ponder the ethical implications of genetic screening.

Questions about our origins, purpose, or destiny, while intriguing, may not hold practical significance. There might be answers that satisfy our logical minds or primitive brains, yet these answers may not be as rational as we hope, or they might elude explanation altogether.

Despite this, the fundamental right of sentient beings to ask questions remains undisputed. Inquiry nurtures learning and sharpens critical thinking. It illuminates the unknown. In the animal kingdom, fear or caution towards the unfamiliar serves as a survival mechanism. Such instinctual responses to unknown situations, objects, or beings are evolutionary adaptations designed to protect against potential threats, triggering survival mechanisms like fight, flight, freeze, or hiding, enabling both humans and animals to navigate dangers in their environments.

This inherent caution extends into the intellectual realm, making the act of asking questions sometimes uncomfortable. Yet, it is by embracing this discomfort and venturing beyond our comfort zones that we enable the growth of critical thinking and the expansion of knowledge.

Understanding the purpose of human existence is an age old quest. It lies at the intersection of facts and interpretation, where objective discoveries about the universe and our biological makeup interact with our subjective experiences and existential yearnings. Our interpretations may lead to different conclusions about our purpose, whether to contribute to the collective well-being of humanity, to explore, to find meaning in relationships and experiences, or well, just to exist.

So far, it doesn't seem like the universe cares too much if we find out about the truth.

But what if it cared.